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    Turkish law enforcement have detained 754 servicemen who were involved in the failed military coup attempt in the country, the Turkish Interior Ministry informed.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The detained individuals have been stripped of their military titles, the ministry said as cited by the state-run Anadolu agency on Saturday.

    ​The detained reportedly include five generals and 29 colonels.

    Earlier on Saturday, the Turkish government came under siege by a faction of military forces who sought to end the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan citing the leader's drift away from the country's long-held secularist values.

    According to the Ankara prosecutor’s office, at least 60 people were killed amid the military coup attempt in Turkey, 42 of them died in Ankara. The victims include civilians and military servicemen.

    The coup attempt was led by Col. Muharrem Kose, a former Turkish military officer who was dishonorably discharged in March 2016 for his alleged association with anti-government and US-based Imam Fethullah Gulen.

    Gulen's movement known as Hizmet, once claimed as many as 2,000 officers within the Turkish military prior to crackdowns by President Erdogan. Supporters of Gulen have long attempted to use the judiciary to advance corruption investigations against Erdogan sparking a bitter divide between the two groups. Turkish authorities accuse Gulen of attempting to form an opposing "state within a state" known by many in Turkey as the "Parallel Structure."


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